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An aspect we deem of highest importance is safety. Remember to consider safety when choosing a saw, especially as chainsaws are extremely powerful tools. Include in your options a saw with anti-vibration technology, which do not only ensure comfortable grip of the handle but decreases the chance of the chainsaw slipping from the sawyer’s hands. This feature also comes in handy when you want to minimize risk to dangerous kickbacks. Other safety features you should include in your priority list are chain brakes that reduce the chance of injury when a kickback occur, as well as blade cases that will ensure safe storage and even transport of the chainsaw.
#1. Double shift, when you finish a descent or fast section and hit the hill, you are grabbing easier gears with the right shifter, till you are at the end. Then you go to shift into the smaller chainring and “$*#(@#^!! my chain is off – or my legs spin out of control and I lose my momentum!” Here is how it works: when in the big ring and easiest gear on back and the hill starts, don’t just shift into the small ring, shift BOTH from the big to small chainring AND from the largest/easiest cog on the rear wheel down a couple gears with the right shifter at the same time. Your chain will stay on as you improve your chain-line and you will be in a good gear without dropping to a gear that is too easy and spin out. Some mechanics talk about “cross chaining” and I say it is bunk! Your bike should work in every gear if adjusted correctly and your job is to ride it and work hard, not be distracted with what your chain line is doing. Of course the new 1 x drive-trains coming from mountain biking will solve all this in the near future, but until then, try the double-shift on your next ride.